Terrifying moment family taking their dog out for a walk are chased back into their home by a bear charging them in Florida
- The jaw-dropping moment took place on Tuesday in Apopka, Florida
- The couple and their pet safely made it back inside
- The bear chase comes a month after another couple in the Apopka area experienced a similar encounter
- Other bear sightings have been reported around Central Florida since the start of the year, making local residents wary
- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) says that up to 6,000 bear-related calls are received per year
- Only 15 incidents of people suffering moderate-to-serious injuries in the area have been reported in over 50 years
Scary footage from a home camera shows the moment a couple and their dog were chased back into their house by an angry black bear.
On Tuesday, in Apopka, Florida, the couple had just stepped outside with their dog.
‘We were letting the dog out to potty and a bear charged us from our next-door neighbor’s house,’ said the woman who lives there with her husband.
‘We made it safely into the house, and closed and banged on the front door,’ she told ViralHog.
No injuries have been reported, and the couple has not been identified.
The Apopka Police Department told DailyMail.com that it was unaware of the incident and hasn’t been contacted.
A couple living in Apopka, Florida, ran for their lives back into their home after bumping into a charging black bear on Tuesday while outside with their dog
The couple’s dog barked at the bear before the wild animal charged at the home. The couple made it back inside after their pet did
This comes a month after another couple in the Apopka area had a similar encounter.
David Bass, a consultant in electrical engineering and electronics, shared security camera footage of a bear charging him when he was outside with his wife in March.
They were leaving their home when the black bear came around the corner, and the couple ran back inside.
No injuries were reported.
Local resident David Bass and his wife rushed back inside after spotting a black bear near their Apopka home in March
Several other bear sightings have been reported around Central Florida in recent weeks, making residents wary.
A couple in Sanford shared startling footage of two black bears attempting to enter their home through the front door on Christmas morning last year.
Another man was bitten and scratched as he fought off a bear at his home in Daytona Beach in January.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said it gets up to 6,000 bear-related calls annually. The agency added that only 15 incidents of people suffering moderate-to-serious injuries related to a bear encounter have been reported in over 50 years.
It also advises people to remove or secure any food outside homes, including pet foot, birdseed and garbage, to avoid attracting bears.
There also is a way to avoid dog-bear conflict: banging on your door and switching house lights on and off care bears off. If a pet dog and a bear are fighting, making noise, and using bear spray or a water hose most likely will make the bear flee.
Contact the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) if you feel threatened by a bear; observe a sick, injured, dead or orphaned bear; or to report someone who is either harming bears or intentionally feeding them
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